Atlanta Streetcar, Light Rail & BRT News
August 28, 2010 3:24 pm at 3:24 pm #83222
In Atlanta’s TIGER Bid, Innovative Beltline Takes Backseat to Streetcar
by Angie Schmitt on August 24, 2010
For years, the city of Atlanta has been developing ambitious plans to connect its radial transit lines with a circular “beltline.” As envisioned, the $2.8 billion project would include 22 miles of light rail and recreational amenities, circling the central city, taking advantage of existing freight lines. For now, however, those plans are getting less attention from city leaders than a 2.6-mile streetcar line that would serve as an east-west connector for downtown.
In Support of AtlantaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Streetcar Proposal
by Angie Schmitt on August 25, 2010
Yesterday, we featured a post from Yonah Freemark at The Transport Politic about Atlanta’s decision to put a streetcar project in line for federal TIGER funds before another local transit proposal known as the Beltline. Yonah argued that the Beltline — a ring of recreational amenities and transit features that would circle the city — was the more innovative of the two projects. He questioned whether the city would be able to move forward with such an ambitious idea while simultaneously pouring resources into a streetcar downtown.December 24, 2010 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm #400210
Can a New Streetcar Save Atlanta’s MARTA?
Mary Jones | Dec 21st, 2010
The City of Atlanta recently received a $47 million grant from the federal government to install a streetcar network in its downtown area. Construction will begin in 2012 with service to begin sometime the following year. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)-run line will transport riders between the Midtown and Downtown areas and will connect some of Atlanta’s most popular attractions, including the King Center, CNN and the Coca-Cola museum. Proponents of the project say it will create 930 jobs during construction and an additional 5,000 following the start of service.
READ MORE: http://americancity.org/buzz/entry/2807/March 4, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am #400211
In the Atlanta Region, Disagreements about Investment Priorities Spur Discord Over a Planned Transit Tax
March 1st, 2012 | 7 Comments
Getting the residents of the 10-county Atlanta region to agree on anything was always going to be a difficult effort. The newest controversy about which projects to fund with a new sales tax there raises questions about what to do when a lot of money is available for transit — but there isn’t enough for every proposed project.
March 4, 2012 1:49 am at 1:49 am #400212
Attempts to include neighboring Cobb, Gwinnett, and Clayton counties in the MARTA service area have been unsuccessful for close to 40 years, due in large part to suburban residents who do not want a city transit system in their neighborhoods, fearing crime and other unwanted effects, and therefore pay no taxes to support it. Many lawmakers and community leaders feel there is a racial motivation behind this sentiment, since MARTA primarily serves African-Americans.
this is a dead horse beating,and hogwash.
Cobb County and Gwinnett county have had their own mass transit for 20 years.April 17, 2012 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm #400213
In an Atlanta Desperate for More Transit Options, New Rail Plans for Eastern Suburbs
April 17th, 2012 | Comments
The Atlanta Region Commission (ARC) is already fighting to convince a skeptical electorate of the necessity of increasing the local sales tax to pay for transportation improvement projects — an issue that will be put before voters on July 31. The Transportation Investment Act (TIA) would raise the sales tax across regional counties by 1% over the course of 10 years. ARC’s announced list of priority investments would bring new rail and bus links throughout the region thanks to more than $8.5 billion expected to be raised (about half of which will go to roads projects). MARTA, the operator of urban bus services and the city’s metro rail line, would be the single greatest beneficiary of the funds thanks to line extensions and renovations of the existing network.
READ MORE: http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2012/04/17/in-an-atlanta-desperate-for-more-transit-options-new-rail-plans-for-eastern-suburbs/July 18, 2012 4:24 pm at 4:24 pm #400214
Atlanta Voters to Decide on Future of Region’s Transportation Network
Atlanta | 07/17/2012 7:00am | 1
MILTON LINDSAY | NEXT AMERICAN CITY
Later this month, residents across the Atlanta metropolitan area will vote on a referendum that, if passed, would put in place a 10-year, 1-cent sales tax intended to raise $8.5 billion for investments in transportation infrastructure in the region, the New York Times reported this week.
The referendum is just another chapter in the five-decade-long battle between city officials in Atlanta, residents and politicians from surrounding suburbs, and the Georgia legislature over funding for transportation — and specifically, financial assistance for Atlanta’s chronically underfunded public transportation agency, MARTA.
READ MORE: http://americancity.org/daily/entry/atlanta-voters-to-decide-on-future-of-regions-transportation-networkJuly 18, 2012 4:39 pm at 4:39 pm #400216
that would make sales tax 8 cents.holy crap
i always considerred Columbus an Atlanta clone,just 20 years behind.
the difference with Atlanta is their metro area is still growing all the way to Chattanooga.Columbus’ has stopped in it’s tracks.
this should give you an idea the bullshit you’ll see when rail finally jumps off in Columbus.
Leaders from the more politically conservative communities surrounding Atlanta claim that too much of the $8.5 million is allocated to projects inside the city, while the NAACP is arguing that the referendum neglects the metro’s poorer African-American communities. Additional opposition has come from the Sierra Club, which says the bill puts too much of an emphasis on improving the region’s roadways.August 2, 2012 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm #400215
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Metro Atlanta’s Sales Tax “Savings” Will Come at a High Price
by Angie Schmitt
It’s rare that a region attempts a transportation vote as potentially transformative as the one that took place Tuesday in Atlanta. And even though voters elected not to act — voting down a package of 157 transit and road projects totaling more than $7 billion — that doesn’t mean nothing’s going to change for this sprawling, southeastern metropolis.
Many are sorting through the possible implications. The Naked City blog, reporting from Charlotte, called the defeat “terribly disheartening,” but predicted the region’s leaders wouldn’t give up on the issue. The Congress for New Urbanism and Richard Layman focused on where the campaign went wrong. Adie Tomer at The New Republic and the Brookings Institution says residents of greater Atlanta are going to find themselves paying for this decision, even without the tax hike:March 25, 2013 2:46 pm at 2:46 pm #400217
City to study new streetcar routes connecting to Georgia Tech, Beltline
Posted by Thomas Wheatley
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM
Despite the failure of last summer’s transportation tax vote, the city is taking steps to expand Atlanta’s streetcar network that could connect more than just tourists, students, residents, and workers between Centennial Olympic Park and the King Center.
This morning, Invest Atlanta’s board approved doling out more than $1.4 million to Atlanta Beltline Inc., the nonprofit that plans and develops the 22-mile loop of parks, trails, and transit, to pay for studies to expand the city’s streetcar network to North Avenue and the Beltline’s Eastside Trail in the Old Fourth Ward.
READ MORE: http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2013/03/19/city-to-study-new-streetcar-routes-connecting-to-georgia-tech-beltlineMay 15, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am #400218
Streetcar is cool, but will it be useful?
Posted: 1:18 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013
BY JARRETT WALKER
When a new public transit technology comes to a city, it’s a chance for everyone to think again about transit. People who think they’d never ride transit often give the new technology a try. Sometimes, the results can change the city for the better, and create new possibilities for transit all over the city.
READ MORE: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/streetcar-is-cool-but-will-it-be-useful/nXp6Y/September 7, 2014 1:42 pm at 1:42 pm #1039136
Major transit-oriented project advances in Atlanta suburb
The City of Doraville, Georgia, approved a new form-based code for a town center including a former General Motors Assembly plant. The code covers a large sector to the north and south of a MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) station. The GM site is the largest property in the area. “At 165 acres, it dwarfs any other completed or planned transit-oriented project in the region,” says Caleb Racicot, a planner with TSW.
READ MORE: http://bettercities.net/article/major-transit-oriented-project-advances-atlanta-suburb-21279December 31, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am #1057325
Atlanta’s new streetcar line has opened, with the intent of drawing in “human capital” for years to come. Linky.December 31, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm #1057332January 3, 2015 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #1057657January 4, 2015 1:31 am at 1:31 am #1057724
This makes me jealous, having been able to spend a lot of time in Seattle this summer I know how nice a streetcar can be to a city. We really need to invest in rail soon or our city is really going to begin to fall behind, something that I really don’t want to see happen. This is something that many people are now expecting as an amenity in an urban neighborhood. We simply don’t have anything to offer.
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